Martin Luther’s preaching and various writings sparked not only reforms within the church, but new ideas in art, music, science, politics, education, and family life that lasted well beyond the middle ages.

“Scripture was made more readily available by Luther’s translation into German. Friends of Luther did the same into English. The Reformation changed society by equalizing all person’s spiritual status before God, separating temporal (government) from ecclesial (churchly) authorities, elevating women’s roles, advancing educational opportunities, examining individual rights, and highlighting freedom of conscience,” says Rev. Derek Roberts, pastor of Praise Lutheran Church in Maryville.

The public is invited to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at Praise Lutheran Church (LCMS) with a Festival Divine Service (think lots of red, lots of choir accompaniment to the liturgy, organ and brass fanfare, along with Christ-centered preaching and rejoicing) on Sunday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (865) 977-5810 or visit